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For covers and five- to eight-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on August 2, CLICK HERE.

Titles including Moon Knight #4, New Excalibur #10, Uncanny X-Men #477, Marvel Team-Up #23, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11, Agents of Atlas #1 and Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #18.

Look for more First Looks on Thursday here in The Continuum.

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For covers and five-page previews of DC Comics titles arriving in stores on August 2, CLICK HERE.

Titles including The Creeper #1, Justice League Unlimited #24, Y: The Last Man #48, Ex Machina #22, Manifest Eternity #3, Battler Britton #2 and Jonah Hex #10.

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For covers and five-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on August 2, CLICK HERE.

Titles including Bomb Queen vs. Blacklight, Negative Burn #3 and Phonogram #1.


Jill Wagner at the Blade panel (above) and with the cast afterward (below).

David Goyer, writer of all three Blade movies and executive producer of Spike TV's Blade: The Series, said that upcoming episodes will feature more action.

"They sort of get exponentially bigger and crazier, action-wise and with visual effects," Goyer said at the Blade panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego last weekend.

Goyer was joined on the panel by executive producer Jon Kroll, consulting producer Geoff Johns and actors Kirk "Sticky" Jones, Neil Jackson, Jill Wagner, Jessica Gower and Nelson Lee.

Blade: The Series incorporated a second unit to help enhance action sequence. The second unit also shot in Detroit, where the series is set.

Goyer said he was prepared for some initial criticism in the move of the franchise from feature films to television.

"The first thing we expected was, 'Oh, there's not enough action,'" Goyer said. "Obviously, you make the Blade movies for about $60 million apiece and we make these for about $2 million apiece. There's no way we can compete on that kind of scale. Having said that, particularly from the next episode on, we've got more action than any other show on television. Waaayyyyy more.

"It's sort of a learning curve when you're starting a new TV show and we realized we had to toss in a second unit so we could generate more action. And that will be reflected really from the next episode on.

"One of the criticisms was that Blade was too weak in the pilot, that he would have been able to take those lesser vampires out really easily. You have to understand that the TV show is not the same as the movie. If Blade just mowed down, every episode, a hundred vampires, it would be really, really boring."

Wednesday's episode introduces Charlotte, the head of the House of Chthon, who is a 200-year-old in the body of a 13-year-old. "She's very nasty," said Goyer, noting an upcoming scene involving a baby.

In other teases, Goyer revealed:

* Steppin' Razor returns in a future episode.

* Goyer has an "interesting take" on Marc Spector/Moon Knight if he shows in the second season. "I donšt know if we can pull off a Moon Knight costume on TV very well, but we can try," he said. "It's a hard costume to do."

* Other Marvel characters showing up in the series is likely.

* There are no currently plans for the Nightstalkers to appear. Goyer said that Blade: Trinity stars Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds are contracted for another film.

* Goyer, Johns and Dan Truly wrote the season finale together.

* The 11th episode -- written by Johns -- will feature a vampire serial killer called The White Prince.

* The last four episodes are "particularly dark."

* A return of Deacon Frost is "not impossible."

* Plans for the second season include a war between the House of Chthon and the House of Arabus.

* Chase will be part of a major twist before season's end.

* A Blade animated series has been discussed.

Look for more from the panel soon here in The Continuum.


IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday announced that Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man 3 will besimultaneously released at theaters throughout the world and at IMAX theaters on May 4.

The film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience.

"The simultaneous IMAX release of Spider-Man 3 allows us to celebrate one of the most anticipated motion picture events of the year in an exciting event format," said Rory Bruer, President, Domestic Distribution, Sony Pictures Releasing. "Spider-Man 3: The IMAX Experience will give fans of Spider-Man an opportunity to experience the next exhilarating installment of the series in an unforgettably unique and immersive way."

"Spider-Man is one of the world's most popular motion picture franchises, and we are thrilled to include the latest chapter as part of our 2007 lineup," said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler in a joint statment.

"Moviegoers loved Spider-Man 2 in IMAX theatres, and with a larger theater network for Spider-Man 3 - we estimate that well over 100 IMAX theatres in North America will exhibit the film vs. 63 for Spider-Man 2 - we will be able to garner an even wider audience, significantly increasing the earning potential for the IMAX release."

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Warner Bros.' never-aired Aquaman pilot, from Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, topped iTunes for downloads on its first day of release on Tuesday.

"At least the pilot is now getting its day in court with the fans, and the reviews have all been very positive," Gough told The Continuum. "It's nice to know it is being seen by more than just our family and friends.

Justin Hartley, who stars in the pilot, is now playing Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, in the sixth season of Smallville on The CW.

Gough told The Continuum that Oliver won't be wearing his costume from the comics. "Although there will be a nod to it in episode three during a costume party," he said.

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Aspen Comics has announced it will premiere its new mini-series, Soulfire: Chaos Reign, and offer exclusive convention cover editions at Wizard World Chicago on August 4-6.

Soulfire: Chaos Reign is written by J.T. Krul, with Marcus To providing art. For the convention, Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald have provided an exclusive cover of the first issue, limited to 2,500 copies.

Aspen will also offer a variant cover by Turner and Steigerwald for Marvel Comics' Civil War: X-Men #1, limited to 5,000 copies.

An exclusive jam cover by Turner and Koi Turnball for Fathom #10 will be limited to 2,000 copies. The Shrugged #2 convention exclusive will include a cover by Turner and Steigerwald and will be limited to 1,500 copies.

Aspen will also be releasing an entirely new line of prints for the show, including the Soulfire: Chaos Reign #1 Turner Wizard World Chicago cover, the Fathom #10 Wizard World Exclusive Turner/Turnbull jam cover print, an all-new Fathom Classic Turner print and a new Aspen Swimsuit Splash #1 Wizard World Chicago Exclusive Print. - More Product. More Exclusives.


* David Kaye, who provided the voice of Professor Xavier in X-Men: Evolution, is doing the voice of Iron Man in Cartoon Network's Fantastic Four animated series. Kaye also voiced Iron Man in the Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects video game.

Kaye provided four voices for the upcoming Ant Bully feature film. He is pictured here with his wife Maria from the film's premiere.

* Rupp's Comics in Fremont, Ohio, will present new Wolverine artist Simone Bianchi for his first United States in-store signing on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. For more information contact Chris Rupp at (419) 367-4959.

Rupp, owner of Rupp's Comics, has been a close friend with Simone for the last five years, staying with him and his family in his hometown of Lucca, Italy while visiting in 2004. "From the first time I met Simone at a convention in France, I knew he would become a superstar in the U.S. comic-book market and in less than a year after breaking in, he is one of the most talked about artist in comics, surpassing all industry expectations," Rupp said.

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Friday, July 21: From Comic-Con International -- Spider-Man 3, Ultimate Avengers 2, Teen Titans/Legion of Super Heroes, Marvel's Civil War, Aspen Comics and Fantastic Four sequel...

* Thursday, July 20: From Comic-Con International -- IDW's Transfromers, DC Nation panel, Legion of Super Heroes' Matt Wayne, Ghost Rider movie toys, Incredible Hulk director, Fantastic Four sequel, Dark Horse announements, Top Cow news and Avatar Press news...

* Wednesday, July 19: Hellboy animated, Frank Miller to direct The Spirit, Dark Horse news, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, IDW's Spike: Asylum, Fox Atomic comics and Devil's Due Publishing for October.

* Tuesday, July 18: Marvel Comics for October, Green Arrow on Smallville, Oni's My Name is Earl, Marvel First Looks, Boom Studios' Warhammer 40,000, Ant's new writer and Civil War second printings.

* Monday, July 17: DC Comics for October, 52 origin artists, DC promotes Karen Berger and Archie Comics for October.

* Sunday, July 16:Superman Returns, First Looks and Archaia Studio's new titles.

* Saturday, July 15: Blade: The Series, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Stan Lee's Lightspeed and Superman Returns.

* Friday, July 14: The Amazing Screw-On Head, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, Superman Returns and Penny-Farthing Press projects.

* Thursday, July 13: Sci Fi's Painkiller Jane, Wolverine: Origins press conference, X-Men titles, First Looks, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited DVDs and Virgin Comics teams with John Woo and Garth Ennis.

* Wednesday, July 12: Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks, Image First Looks, Spider-Girl returns, Aspen's Civil War: X-Men cover and Moonstone Books for November.

* Tuesday, July 11: Smallville's Jimmy Olsen, Marvel First Looks, Sabrina trade paperback and Star Wars Lithographs.

* Monday, July 10: Spider-Man 3, Incredible Hulk DVD, Kid Kosmos, Model Operandi and First Look.

* Sunday, July 9: My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Star Wars: Dark Times, weekend box office and First Looks.

* Saturday, July 8: Blade: The Series episodes, Legion of Super Heroes animated, Fantastic Four on HBO, Who Wants to Be a Superhero contestants and Superman Returns box office.

* Friday, July 7: Dark Horse Comics for October, The Amazing Screw-On Head, The Batman and First Looks.

* Thursday, July 6: Spider-Man Unmasked press conference, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Legion of Super Heroes animated.

* Wednesday, July 5: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel TV/movie roundup, Marvle Zombies hardcover and First Looks.

* Tuesday, July 4: Cliff Chiang on Doctor 13, First Looks and Bandai's Witchblade manga.

* Monday, July 3: Wolverine: Origins' Daniel Way, First Looks and Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

* Sunday, July 2: DC Comics' 52 and Marvel panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns box office and Narwain's Fiendish Fables.

* Saturday, July 1: DC Nation, Joe Quesada and Warren Ellis panels at Heroes Con, Superman Returns, Blade: The Series and First Looks.

* Friday, June, 30: Rosario Dawson panel at Heroes Con, Blade: The Series, Who Wants to Be a Superhero, Aspen Comics' Soulfire: Dying of the Light, Blue Water's Lost Raven and The Batman.

* Thursday, June, 29: Image Comics First Looks, Superman Returns, Image Comics' The Cross Bronx and Dynamite Entertainment roundup.

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